A basic essay describing the journey of Christopher Columbus and his journey in "discovering" America. Nothing amazing but got a pretty decent grade.
After many difficulties, through a combination of good luck and persuasivness,
Christopher Columbus gained the support of the Catholic monarchs, Isabel and Fernando,
for his voyage. After that, the huge preparation for the first voyage began.
First of all, we needed more people; therefore, the Spanish Sovereigns offered
amnesty to convicts who would sign up for the voyage, but only four men took up the
offer: one who had killed a man in a fight, and three of his friends who then helped him
escape from jail. We had enough food, water, and wine, so the 87 crewmen of Nina,
Pinta and Santa Maria, with Christopher Columbus in head, sailed from Palos de la
Frontera on August 3, 1492, to find a new world.
The first two weeks of our trip passed perfectly.
The weather was fine and
everyone was filled with a striving to find a new land. At the end of the third week our
first troubles began. The first problem was our supply of food, wine and water, and day
by day, one man after another began to give up, felt sorry about going to the
"unreachable" land, and asked Columbus to return to Spain, but Columbus was
aptimistic. Only one month later, the teams of Santa Maria, Nina and Pinta reached land.
It was the Canary Islands. At the Canary Islands we picked up fresh water, wood and the
famous Gomera goat cheese. Also, we had some rest and then continued our travelling.
A month later we got into new trouble. We were in a storm where Santa Maria
ran into a coral reef and dissapeared with all its crew. It was...